Bandits Seize 73 Students In Northwest Nigeria

Zamfara state police say gunmen have abducted more than 70 students from Government Day Secondary School in the remote village of Kaya, the latest in a series of school attacks targeting pupils.

Police spokesman Mohammed Shehu in a statement shared that a large group of attackers stormed the school early on Wednesday morning, seizing 73 students.

“The abduction followed the invasion of the school by large numbers of armed bandits,” he added.

Shehu said police rescue teams were working with the military to try to release the students.

Gangs of criminals known locally as “bandits” have spread fear among local communities for years, but security forces have recently struggled to contain worsening violence.

More than 1,000 students have been kidnapped from schools in northern Nigeria since December.

The gunmen have demanded large ransom payments from parents, and while most pupils ultimately have been released, some have died or been killed in captivity.

The latest incident came as several state governments in central and northern Nigeria – including Zamfara impose a series of restrictions on residents in an attempt to stop mass kidnappings and other violent crimes.

Patsy Nwogu

Reporting on data-driven featured stories and investigations.

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